Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa, has come within radar of a positive outlook for the telecommunications market with the mobile subscriber base expected to grow to 182 million in the coming five years.
According to a report by Pyramid Research, the Nigerian telecommunications market is expected to generate US$10.9 billion in 2019, up from a total of US$9.2 billion in 2013.
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Although growth in the market will be slightly reduced in 2015, as the market recovers from the large number of fixed-line disconnections, long-term growth of the telecommunications sector will not to be affected according to the report.
The telecoms market will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 2% over the next five years, with mobile data increasing at 16% up until 2019.
Severin Luebke, analyst at Pyramid Research, says: “Political instability and low oil prices have led to a depreciation of the Naira against the US Dollar, but the telecommunications market will remain an integral part of the country’s efforts to diversify its sources of growth.”
Although currency devaluations are likely to result in slower US Dollar growth rates, in local currency terms, the Nigerian telecommunications market offers strong growth rates of around 6.8% per year for the period between 2014 and 2019.
Nigeria remains largest mobile market in Africa
According to Pyramid Research, with an expected 182 million subscribers at the end of 2019, Nigeria will remain the biggest market for mobile subscription on the African continent. Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and therefore will play an important role in defining future mobile trends.
“Other countries in Africa are likely to follow Nigeria when it comes to mobile technology developments. The increasing demand for mobile data will offer service providers, as well as new entrants to the market, ample opportunity to test and grow their service offerings in Nigeria,” Luebke adds.